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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Drive up and park you car at the La Louere Alpage.
You can also walk from the village if you want to make the route longer or leave your car at home.
This is a great place to sample some of the local delights—and you'll have plenty of room for them after the hike! The route is out of the trees and in the high alpine the whole way—it's at relatively high altitude, which is just as well as there's not much shade on offer on sunny days.
Start up the 4x4 track and head towards La Combe where you cross under the ski lift and continue up towards the Col du Cou—a great viewpoint in itself, and a good place to take a break before dropping over the other side of the Col to the Rechy valley.
Follow the path, which is more or less flat, past the Gouille de Potoc (a large "puddle") and eventually the Lac du Louche.
This lake is stunning and a great spot for lunch.
People have been known to take a dip, but the water is literally glacial! Continue on to the Pas de Lovegno—an old patois name for the col, and high point of 2695—that joins you back to the Val d'Heren's in which you started.
The path traverses in wild terrain, and whilst very alpine, never especially technical.
Enjoy the scenery as you traverse back along the path back to La Louere and some well-earned refreshments!